Adam C. Bad Wound (Lakota)
Vice President of Philanthropy, GRID Alternatives
Founder, Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund
Adam’s mission is to strengthen people and planet through philanthropy. As Vice President of Philanthropy, Adam leads GRID Alternatives’ organization-wide strategies to advance philanthropic partnerships and promote a culture of philanthropy. Adam founded the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund in 2018 and serves as the leading executive for all grant-making activities, solar project development, and tribal partnerships. Adam is a frequent speaker and thought leader on energy sovereignty and related topics.
Adam is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a certified naturalist from the University of California, and is currently pursuing an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at Harvard University. Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and two master’s degrees in education policy and sociology from Stanford University, where he serves on the board of directors of the Stanford Alumni Association.
Tanksi M. Clairmont (Lakota/Dakota)
Director, Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund
Tanksi is an enrolled tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (Dakota) from Sisseton, SD, and a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from Rosebud, S.D. She was born and raised in Denver, CO where she attended K-12 Public schools, and earned a B.A. degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. A few years later, she relocated to Minneapolis, MN where she earned a Master’s in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is deeply rooted in Lakota/Dakota culture through ceremony, language, and social dancing (pow-wow). Tanksi enjoys exercising, sewing and beading traditional regalia, reading, traveling, and best of all being a mother.
Tanksi brings her experience in grant administration, coordination, research and evaluation from the National Conference of State Legislatures and prior to that, from the American Indian College Fund. She has worked extensively in Indian Country on energy policy and advocating tribal issues on energy, higher education in tribal communities, and in her spare time research and data collection on Native American collegiate athletes. Her personal and professional goals are focused on improvement, advancement and capacity building across Indian Country, specifically to help address the unique economic, social and environmental needs while developing, strengthening and enhancing relationships with tribal constituents, government relations, funders and industry stakeholders.
Throughout the year, you will find Tanksi and her family doing cultural presentations at schools, colleges, organizations, and events to generate awareness and understanding of issues facing Indian Country.